Toronto poet Rachel Zolf’s practice is situated near the limits of language and the page. She creates polyvocal assemblages from found fragments, long poems that work by accretion with montage effects. Themes that include subjectivity, cultural identity, sexuality and trauma stew in wry anti-aesthetic language/lyric explorations of the modern familiar. Zolf’s third book of poetry, Human Resources, is forthcoming from Coach House Books in 2007. Her second book, Masque (The Mercury Press, 2004), was shortlisted for the 2005 Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and the title long poem from her first book, Her absence, this wanderer (BuschekBooks, 1999), was a finalist in the CBC Literary Competition. She has written two chapbooks, from Human Resources (belladonna* books, New York, 2005) and the naked & the nude (above/ground press, 2004), and her work was recently anthologized in Shift & Switch: New Canadian Poetry (The Mercury Press, 2005). Zolf was founding poetry editor for The Walrus magazine.
Zolf reading from Human Resources